SKIRTS AND DAGGERS

SEEKING TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM, FEMALE SPIES SUE THE CIA FOR DISCRIMINATION

"Sarah" could have been the perfect spy. She speaks five languages, is an excellent marksman and did well in her counterterrorism course in high-speed evasive driving. She is an expert in international weapons proliferation and economics. She can pass for Mexican, Egyptian, Italian, Indian, Spanish, even Thai. On assignment for the CIA in the Third World, Sarah, decked out in dangling earrings and tight-fitting pencil jeans, foiled surveillance by fading into hooker-infested back alleys. She has sat primly in "love hotels" taking notes as informants rattled on about the doings of a terrorist cell. Sarah should have been the perfect spy....

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